Category: Motorsport

DTM and Super GT ready for Season Finale at Hockenheim

The DTM season is drawing to a close with the pinnacle or grand finale at the Hockenheim track, this weekend. This season’s finale is special with the clash between DTM and Super GT cars. It’ll be a spectacle for the fans indeed!

Heading into the finale, the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles have already gone to Rene Rast and Audi. The teams title is still up for grabs, but that’ll take a back seat with the big guns from Super GT added to the fold. As we have covered previously, the three big Super GT squads Nissan, Lexus and Honda are partaking in this clash of the titans, against DTM Powerhouses Audi, BMW and Aston Martin. One of the major drivers featured is none other than former F1 and current Super GT driver Jenson Button. Button, who’s the reigning champion, is driving his trusty Honda NSX GT during the exhibition race. The finale weekend is attended by some of the well-known motorsport figureheads such as former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, two-time WRC champion Walter Röhrl and ’85 World Sportcar/’90 DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Button partners his Honda factory team mate Naoki Yamamoto, while Nissan’s got the pairing of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda. For Lexus, the driver duo is Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa. Nissan and Lexus are represented by two drivers, one per race, while Honda is represented by just one driver.

All out battle for DTM Team title

Recent victories for Rast and Jamie Green have pushed Audi Sport Team Rosberg (394 points) narrowly ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (362pts) pairing of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. After a season-long battle between the two squads, the pair are separated by a mere 32 points, with 86 points remaining on the table to be scored in the final two races.

After the grand finale at Hockenheim, the DTM will cross over to Japan’s Fuji Speedway in November for a ‘Dream Race’ showdown with Super GT drivers at their home turf,

MotoGP Aragon: Marquez dominates, again

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez completed a perfect home weekend with a faultless 23-lap race. This story never gets old in the Marquez era: he dominates MotoGP. The top three on the Aragon GP podium were Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Milller.

With a perfect start, Marquez shot forward and opened an advantage of half a second after just a few corners, growing to a full second by the end of the first lap. Lapping on average half a second faster than the riders behind him for most of the race saw Marquez quickly build an insurmountable lead, 5.5 seconds clear by mid-race distance.

Yamaha factory rider Maverick Viñales managed to gain a few tenths during the middle of the race, but Marquez quickly responded to stabilize the gap. Ultimately unchallenged, Marquez took his 78th career victory from 200 Grand Prix starts by 4.8 seconds.

With the win, Marquez is now a clear leader in the standings with 300 points; that’s 98-points in front of Dovizioso.

The weekend’s results leave Honda 65 points clear of second placed Ducati in the Manufacturers rankings and as a result of Marquez’s victory, the Repsol Honda Team move to within 24 points of the Ducati Team in the Teams rankings.

Both riders and team now begin their preparations for the Thai GP on 6 October. The Buriram race marks the start of the most intense part of the MotoGP season with four races in fives weeks and presents Marquez with his first chance to take the 2019 MotoGP title.

2019 Aragon GP results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    41’57.221

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducati       4.836

3     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   5.430

4     VINALES Maverick Yamaha MotoGP 5.811

5     QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT       8.924

6     CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda   10.390

7     ESPARGARO Aleix    Aprilia Racing   10.441

8     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha       23.623

9     RINS Alex     Suzuki    27.998

10   NAKAGAMI Takaaki   LCR Honda    31.242

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  300

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 202   

3     RINS Alex     156

4     PETRUCCI Danilo      155

5     VINALES Maverick     147

6     ROSSI Valentino         137

7     QUARTARARO Fabio        123      

8     MILLER Jack        117

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      98  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco         80

Vettel proves his mantle with F1 Singapore Grand Prix win

It’s the first win of the seaosn for four-time F1 Champion and Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel who topped his team mate Charles LeClerc at the 61-lap Marina Bay Street Circuit, on Sunday. The conditions proved that the mean streets in downtown Singapore were well suited for the Ferraris. It was Ferrari’s 84th 1-2 finish in F1. The Red Bull of Max Verstappen came in in third to demote the Mercedes cars to fourth and fifth, where Lewis Hamilton finished ahead of his team mate.

At race start, LeClerc led Hamilton and Vettel under the night lights of the magnificent Marina Bay street circuit. Vettel pushed to try to get past Hamilton on the opening lap, but didn’t succeed.

After the race leaders and the rest of the field settled, the lead Ferrari maintained the lead. In the first stop, Ferrari called Vettel in for a stop first as he was pursued by a hot Verstappen, who ran fourth at the time,  Ferraris were on a one-stopper. LeClerc pitted on lap 20, a lap later than his team mate. He retook the track in second behind Vettel.

The other contenders took their pitstop strategies in stride. It was until lap 35  that there’s some drama on track with the safety car called out when George Russell and Romain Grosjean collided. By then, Vettel led the race quite comfortably, almost 5 seconds ahead of LeClerc. The usual suspects were all there, it was Vettel, LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

After the middle part of the race, there were two more safety car periods. The final safety car period basically sealed the deal for the Ferraris as they were able to maintain the one-two and reduce tyre wear until the chequered flag. The order would finish in such: Vettel from LeClerc, Verstappen, Hamilton and Bottas.

Behind Bottas came the second Red Bull of Alexander Albon who led home McLaren’s  Lando Norris, Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg and Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi.

So it would be Vettel’s day as he got to the top step of the podium after an absence of over a year, dating back to Belgium 2018. It was his fifth win in Singapore, which is a record for any driver at the Marina Bay track. His 14th win with Ferrari also puts him third in the list of all-time Ferrari winners between Michael Schumacher on 72 and Niki Lauda on 15. It was his 53rd career win and Ferrari’s 238th.

A jubilant Vettel remarked, “It was about time! I never stopped believing in myself and today, with the great help of the team here and in Maranello, we got the result we should always be aiming for. I was playing a waiting game until I got the call on the radio to pit for new tyres. I had not expected to stay out so long but the decision was key, because I was able to rejoin with a clear track ahead of me and I could run at my own pace making up ground on all the others, to the extent that I was in the lead by almost five seconds at the time the Safety Car came out. From then on, the race was continually interrupted, with a further two restarts, but I still managed to maintain concentration and avoid making any mistakes.”

The next round, the 16th of the season, is next weekend in Russia, at the Sochi Autodrom.

2019 Singapore Grand Prix results

1     5     Sebastian Vettel         1:58:33.667      

2     16   Charles Leclerc         +2.641s 

3     33   Max Verstappen         +3.821s 

4     44   Lewis Hamilton         +4.608s 

5     77   Valtteri Bottas         +6.119s 

6     23   Alexander Albon          +11.663s    

7     4     Lando Norris    +14.769s    

8     10   Pierre Gasly            +15.547s    

9     27   Nico Hulkenberg       +16.718s    

10   99   Antonio Giovinazzi         +27.855s

Drivers standings

1     Lewis Hamilton    GBR       MERCEDES 296

2     Valtteri Bottas      FIN       MERCEDES 231

3     Charles Leclerc    MON       FERRARI      200

4     Max Verstappen   NED       RED BULL RACING       200

5     Sebastian Vettel   GER       FERRARI      194

6     Pierre Gasly  FRA       TORO ROSSO 69

7     Carlos Sainz ESP       MCLAREN 58

8     Alexander Albon  THA       RED BULL RACING        42

9     Daniel Ricciardo   AUS       RENAULT     34

10   Daniil Kvyat   RUS       TORO ROSSO 33

Constructors rankings

1     MERCEDES 527

2     FERRARI      394

3     RED BULL RACING        289

4     MCLAREN 89

5     RENAULT     67

6     TORO ROSSO 55

7     RACING POINT BWT 46

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING       35

9     HAAS   26

10   WILLIAMS      1

DTM and Super GT set to clash in Hockenheim season finale

The Super GT Powerhouses, Japanese Super Touring Cars series, is set to make a historic appearance in a special clash with DTM forerunners. The Nissan, Honda and Lexus of the Super GT series will go up against the best the DTM has to offer, the Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. As a main highlight former F1 driver Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at the season finale in Hockenheim, set for 4 – 6 October.

This event marks the first, much-anticipated summit clash between the world’s two biggest GT and Touring Car championships. The aim is to pit Asia’s hugely popular Super GT series versus DTM manufacturers in a historic, unifying event.


No fewer than five Super GT drivers are set to contest the Hockenheim race weekend. Button will drive his Honda NSX-GT at Hockenheim. The Brit joined the Super GT in 2018 with team Kunimitsu and won the title on his first year, alongside teammate Naoki Yamamoto. Super GT rivals Nissan and Lexus will field a couple of drivers each. Nissan has Ronnie Quintarelli, the series’ most successful champion with four drivers’ titles and Tsugio Matsuda, a two-time champion. The Lexis camp will be represented by Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa; the 2017 champions.

As an added bonus, there’s free entry for ticket holders  to see  exotic Japanese car culture in collaboration with Reisbrennen, a major international meeting for Japanese car owners, tuners and race fans. Over 2,000 members of the ‘Reisbrennen’ community have already confirmed their attendance at Hockenheim, where they will gain free admission to the north grandstand B to watch the race. In addition, there’s a Japanese village, food stalls and car components exhibition from the Land of the Rising Sun.

After the DTM Hockenheim finale, the scene will shift to Japan’s Fuji Speedway for the inaugural ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’, from 23 – 24 November.


Marquez takes 77th career victory at Misano

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez took a convincing win at the San Marino Grand Prix from Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales. Prior to the race, both Repsol Hondas of Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo topped the final practice session.

The defending champion had a less-than-superb start to slot in third behind Quartararo and Vinales. Vinales lost the lead to fellow Yamaha rider on the opening lap. It didn’t take long for him to squeeze past Vinales on lap 4 to go after the Satellite Yamaha rider next.

Quartararo led for a time until Marquez cut his lead down lap after lap.  Vinales hung tight in third, being pursued by team mate Valentino Rossi.

In the closing laps, Vinales had closed up to less than a second to the lead riders. With the two leading men occupied with their own battle, the number-12 rider was riding on the limit. He came under 0.8s behind Quartararo but wasn’t able to put in a move.

The start of the last lap saw Marquez’s machine roar past Quartararo heading into Turn 1, the pair briefly sparring before Marquez made the move stick later in the lap. He topped Quartararo with a gap of 0.903s, Viñales took the chequered flag in third place, 1.636s from the front.

Marquez returned to the top step of the podium after back-to-back second place finishes. The win moves him 93 points clear of title Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth. There are six races to go. With the win, Marquez became  the fourth most successful rider in Grand Prix history.

Fourth was Rossi who struggled through the race. The Doctor moved up a spot on lap 6 and came up fifth a lap later when he overtook Pol Espargaro. It took a while before he was able to earn fourth place. He held Franco Morbidelli at bay in the closting stages and took fourth at the line.

Behind Morbidelli was Dovizioso, the championship runner-up. Seveth through tenth finishers were P.Espargaro, Joan Mir, Jack Miller and Ducati factory rider Danilo Petrucci.

The MotoGP teams and riders move to Spain for the Aragón Grand Prix, scheduled to take place next weekend at the MotorLand Aragón circuit.

2019 MotoGP San Marino results

1     MARQUEZ Marc  Repsol Honda    42’25.163

2     QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT       0.903

3     VINALES MaverickYamaha MotoGP 1.636

4     ROSSI Valentino  Yamaha MotoGP 12.660

5     MORBIDELLI Franco  Yamaha SRT       12.774

6     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   Ducatii       13.744

7     ESPARGARO Pol       KTM Factory 20.050

8     MIR Joan      Suzuki    22.512

9     MILLER Jack        Pramac Racing   26.554

10   PETRUCCI Danilo      Ducati       31.456

Riders standings

1     MARQUEZ Marc  93   SPA       275

2     DOVIZIOSO Andrea   4     ITA       182

3     PETRUCCI Danilo      9     ITA       151

4     RINS Alex     42   SPA       149      

5     VINALES Maverick     12       SPA       134

6     ROSSI Valentino  46   ITA  129      

7     QUARTARARO Fabio 20       FRA       112

8     MILLER Jack 43   AUS       101      

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal      35       GBR      88  

10   MORBIDELLI Franco  21   ITA       80

Mercedes present New Formula E Challenger

On its debut season in the Formula E Championship, Mercedes-Benz presented their new challenger, the EQ Silver Arrow 01. The Mercedes Formula E Team will send out two EQ race cars to the 2019/20 season’s first race in November in Saudi Arabia.

Piloting the EQ race cars are former F1 driver Stoffel Vandoorne and current Formula 2 championship leader Nyck de Vries. Vandoorne is about to embark on his second season in the electric racing series. At the same time, he can look back on experience gained in 41 Formula 1 races. “I’ve already gained experience of the series racing for HWA last year. I am very pleased to have now become an official member of the Mercedes family. The arrival of Mercedes on the scene is a great opportunity for all of us. The car looks fantastic. The potential is huge, and I simply can’t wait to get started.”

De Vries is about to commence his debut season in Formula E. With four races still remaining in the 2019 F2 championship, he currently leads the drivers’ standings. The final round is scheduled to take place as part of the support program to the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi one week after de Vries’ Formula E debut.
  
  
The Mercedes EQ race car has the electric powertrain, designed and developed by Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP). The EQ race car, in Generation two guise, has a unique design which differ compared to the other Formula E teams. The teams in the series develop their own components (inverter, motor, transmission, parts of the rear axle and the software for energy management) as part of the cars’ package.
 
With its entry into Formula E, Mercedes has become the world’s only automotive manufacturer to compete in both Formula 1 and Formula E. This strategy enables Mercedes to transfer the lessons learnt in both championships from the racetrack to the road. The two platforms together constitute an important technology driver for the entire Mercedes family and will help to shape the future of the automobile.
  
Mercedes-Benz EQ Silver Arrow 01 Specs
 

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Dimensions    
Overall length:   5160 mm
Overall width:   1770 mm
Height:   1050 mm
Front track:   1553 mm
Rear track:   1505 mm
Ride height:   75 mm (max)
Wheelbase:   3100 mm
Minimum weight (incl. driver)   900 kg
Performance    
Battery (weight):   385 kg
Battery (Capacity):   52 kWh
Battery (charging times):   ca. 45 minutes
Power output (practice & qualifying):   250 kW (340 hp)
Power output (race):   200 kW (272 hp)
Attack Mode:   235 kW (319 hp)

Two wins in a row for LeClerc

It was only a week agp that Ferrari’s rookie Charles LeClerc took his maiden win at the Spa-Francorchamps. Before he even got soaked into it, the Italian Grand Prix at Monza which happened to be Ferrari’s home race saw the Ferrari Rook take his second win, again beating the two Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Although a little late in the season, LeClerc is proving he is the main staple of the team instead of 4-time F1 Champion Sebastien Vettel. Speaking of Vettel, he skidded in the early part of the race and had to battle his way back to end up 13th. LeClerc’s win means Ferrari has 237 wins in F1 and their 9th at Monza.

The race start had LeClerc in front of the two Mercedes, while Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg beat out Vettel for fourth position. Vettel would snatch fourth back in an instant.

Lap 6, Vettel was too eager to get close to the second Mercedes and collided with Lance Stroll’s car at the Ascari. He reoovered but was way back in 19t , after a stop to change the front wing and having to serve a 10-second stop and go.

Up front, the Mercedes didn’t give much room to Leclerc as they gave chase. The Rook however managed to maintain a small lead over Hamilton, up to the point when the Mercedes was due for  a stop on lap 19. Ferrari decided the pit the race leader the lap after. It was then an interesting battle between Hamilton and LeClerc happened at the Roggia turn. The Ferrari’s tyres weren’t up to temperature yet. But, the rookie wouldn’t give in even with Mercedes cars chasing him to the brink. LeClerc was able to hold them off.  Ferrari attributed this to the new Power unit, the speed of the car, the specially-tuned aerodynamics and the amazing drive of LeClerc. The LeClerc-Mercedes pursuit went on for 33 laps.

In the final stages, LeClerc held his own as the Mercedes settled into their respective positions. The Ferrari finished just 850 thousandths of a second ahead of Bottas’ Mercedes. Hamilton was third, while the two Renaults of Daniel RIcciardo and Hulkenberg were fourth and fifth. Alexander Albon took sixth for Red Bull with Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen in seventh and eighth. Final points went to Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

The Formula 1 World Championship resumes in a fortnight’s time in Singapore.

LeClerc commened, “It felt ten times stronger than anything I have ever experienced in my whole career. It was very special. The first stint was quite controlled, but the second stint was a bit less strong on my side, because I had to focus on the car behind me a lot as the gap was closing. It was very difficult and I had a lot of pressure on me.”

2019 Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix results

1     16   Charles Leclerc       FERRARI      53   1:15:26.665       25

2     77   Valtteri Bottas       MERCEDES 53   +0.835s  18

3     44   Lewis Hamilton       MERCEDES 53   +35.199s       16

4     3     Daniel Ricciardo       RENAULT     53   +45.515s       12

5     27   Nico Hulkenberg       RENAULT     53   +58.165s       10

6     23   Alexander Albon  RED BULL      53       +59.315s       8

7     11   Sergio Perez BWT   53       +73.802s       6

8     33   Max Verstappen   RED BULL      53       +74.492s       4

9     99   Antonio Giovinazzi       ALFA ROMEO       52   +1 lap    2

10   4     Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT     52   +1 lap

Drivers standings

1     Lewis Hamilton    GBR       MERCEDES 284

2     Valtteri Bottas      FIN       MERCEDES 221

3     Max Verstappen   NED       RED BULL RACING HONDA       185

4     Charles Leclerc    MON       FERRARI      182

5     Sebastian Vettel   GER       FERRARI      169

6     Pierre Gasly  FRA       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 65

7     Carlos Sainz ESP       MCLAREN RENAULT 58

8     Daniel Ricciardo   AUS       RENAULT     34

9     Alexander Albon  THA       RED BULL RACING HONDA       34

10   Daniil Kvyat   RUS       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 33

Constructors rankings

1      MERCEDES 505

2     FERRARI      351

3     RED BULL RACING HONDA       266

4     MCLAREN RENAULT 83

5     RENAULT     65

6     SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 51

7     RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 46

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI      34

9     HAAS FERRARI  26

10   WILLIAMS MERCEDES     1

New Audi e-tron all set for Formula E 2019/20 season

With the new Formula E season just around the corner, the Audi Formula E squad showcased the new e-tron FE06 race car ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

What’s new with the Audi e-tron FE06

The Audi e-tron FE06 is packed with plenty of visible carbon fiber and a bright orange livery. Appearing more aggressive than the previous Audi Formula E challengers, the new e-tron is expected to challenge for the title outright in the new season.

The 2019/20 season is set to kick off at the Ad Diriyah (Saudi Arabia) on 22 – 23 November. Orange is the new color for the e-tron FE06; the orange hue takes cues from the road-going color of the road-going Audi e-tron.

Audi e-tron FE06

The Audi Formula E continues to rely on its long-standing partners: Besides technology partner Schaeffler, who together with Audi is responsible for the development of the powertrain, HYLA, ITK Engineering, the LGT Group, KUKA, MASCOT, Riello UPS and Würth Elektronik also remain on board. Sonax joins in this season as a partner. The brand known for its car care products has been closely linked to motorsport for decades.

Last season, the drivers Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi achieved the runner-up position for Audi in the hard-fought team’s championship. Abt and di Grassi will again assume their roles as pilots in the new season.

Audi e-tron FE06

The schedule before the first race is tight: Following the intensive private testing phase in Germany and Europe and the preparation of the two race cars during the next few weeks, the team will travel to Valencia in the middle of October for the official Formula E pre-season test, where all of the teams and drivers will meet for three days.

LeClerc scores Maiden Win at Belgian F1 GP

A year earlier, you’ve probably never heard of Charles LeClerc. Even Ferrari’s massive media hype will not deter F1 fans from 4-time Champion Sebastien Vettel.

Last Sunday at the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps Circuit, fans finally got to know the rookie LeClerc as he scored his first ever win. The kid from Monaco managed the 44 lap race to perfection; he’s also the first from Monaco to take an F1 win. The two Mercedes were right there as well with Lewis Hamilton second and Valtteri Bottas third. LeClerc’s illustrious team mate Vettel was fourth to complete an all Ferrari and Mercedes white wash. LeClerc becomes only the third winner this season, after Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

The race was LeClerc’s all the way. He  got away well from pole to keep the lead. Behind him, Vettel was overtaken at the first corner by Hamilton but retook the place getting by again at the end of the Kemmel straight.

After a restart, LeClerc managed to pull away from the group, running at a consistent pace. He would soon relinquish the lead for a bit when he had to pit for new shods. Vettel took the lead but had to give the lead back to his team mate on lap 27.

At the halfway mark, Vettel and Hamilton got into a scrap for few laps. Once he had lost the place, the team changed his strategy, bringing him in for another set of soft tyres to run for the final ten laps of the race. Vettel would drop another position to Bottas in the process.

LeClerc had no issues in the front, though the Mercedes cars tried to inch closer. He also hit the fastest lap of the race for an extra point.

In the final stage, there was a nail biting moment, as LeClerc fought off a hard-charging Hamilton, who never got quite close enough to use the DRS. But, that was it…Hamilton couldn’t do it and it was LeClerc’s win, less than a second ahead of the reigning champion.

Ferrari got their 236th win, while LeClerc becamethe youngest driver to take pole and the win at Spa-Francorchamps. He is also the youngest ever driver to win a Grand Prix at the wheel of a Ferrari.

The series is  back on track right from next week in Monza for the Italian Grand Prix.


LeClerc commented in post-race, “It is difficult to enjoy a first victory on a weekend like this. The race itself was good and nothing would have been possible without the amazing car the team gave me. We made good improvements in terms of race pace and tyre management this weekend. The last few laps weren’t easy. I saw Lewis coming closer and closer in the mirror, so I put my head down and tried to focus on the work I had to do in the car. At the end, I managed to cross the line in first place!”

2019 F1 Belgian GP results

1     Charles Leclerc       FERRARI      1:23:45.710    

2       Lewis Hamilton       MERCEDES   +0.981s

3     Valtteri Bottas       MERCEDES +12.585s   

4       Sebastian Vettel       FERRARI         +26.422s      

5      Alexander Albon  RED BULL RACING         +81.325s      

6     Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT     +84.448s      

7     Daniil Kvyat   SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO        +89.657s      

8       Nico Hulkenberg       RENAULT        +106.639s      

9       Pierre Gasly  SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO        +109.168s    

10   Lance Stroll   RACING POINT BWT       +109.838s

Drivers standings

1     Lewis Hamilton    GBR       MERCEDES 268

2     Valtteri Bottas      FIN       MERCEDES 203

3     Max Verstappen   NED       RED BULL RACING HONDA       181

4     Sebastian Vettel   GER       FERRARI      169

5     Charles Leclerc    MON       FERRARI      157

6     Pierre Gasly  FRA       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 65

7     Carlos Sainz ESP       MCLAREN RENAULT 58

8     Daniil Kvyat   RUS       SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 33

9     Kimi Räikkönen    FIN ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI     31

10   Alexander Albon  THA       RED BULL RACING HONDA       26

Constructors

1     MERCEDES 471

2     FERRARI      326

3     RED BULL RACING HONDA       254

4     MCLAREN RENAULT 82

5     SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA 51

6     RENAULT     43

7     RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 40

8     ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI      32

9     HAAS FERRARI  26

10   WILLIAMS MERCEDES     1

Porsche 99X Electric enters its maiden Formula E season

Porsche has presented its Formula E challenger, the 99X, as it embarks on its first Formula E season in 2019/2020. The Porsche 99X was presented live in a video game, entitled Formula E Unlocked. TAG Heuer is the title sponsors for the Porsche Formula E Team.


Porsche 99X in the flesh


In terms of the design, the traditional Porsche motorsport colors were chosen for the Formula E racing car. From a bird’s-eye perspective, the Porsche emblem is clearly visible around the Halo system. As usual, the naming format is three digits which represent Porsche racing cars and two-door sports cars. The highest number, nine, was used twice, to re-emphasize the importance of the Formula E project for Porsche, while the X stands for the forward-looking approach and prototype racing. The Porsche 99X Electric also serves as a development platform for future fully electric production models. 

Conforming to Formula E regulations, the Porsche 99X powertrain comprises  the hybrid technology. The 800-volt technology used in Formula E is also used in the series production of the fully electric Porsche sports car, the Taycan. In addition, energy management and efficiency are the keys to success in both Formula E and series production.

In the coming weeks, Porsche will focus on the performance of the 99X Electric. Thereafter, the Porsche Formula E team will make its first official appearance in mid-October at the Formula E test at Valencia (Spain).

The two 99X will piloted by Neel Jani and André Lotterer. The 2019/20 season starts in November.


The Porsche Formula E squad has as many as 12 partners, including ANSYS, Vodafone, ExxonMobil, Metzingen, Hugo Boss, Lighting manufacturer TRILUX, C. & A. Veltins brewery, Puma, Michelin, Tool supplier Hazet, Red Bull and Stilo Helmet.

Porsche in Formula E

Although debuting in Formula E, Porsche as a motorsport squad have been involved in single-seater racing for more than 30 years. Entering Formula E and the accompanying restructuring of the motorsport involvement can be derived from the 2025 Porsche strategy. In addition to traditional GT road-going sports cars, fully electric sports cars are also firmly anchored in the strategy. Both should be reflected in the Porsche world of motorsport in the future. A large part of the corporation’s ‘Mission E’ is also the presence and success in motorsport with race cars with electric drive.

In terms of hybrid technology and thus e-drive technology, racing and production have been enriching each other at Porsche for around a decade: the first hybrid race car, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid of 2010, went into the development of the 918 Spyder. In part, the 918 was the basis for the 919 Hybrid, which in turn influenced the development of the Porsche Formula E powertrain and the Porsche Taycan.